Our Mission

The Rosenkranz Foundation encourages the highest levels of achievement and innovation in public policy, higher education and the arts. It seeks to promote fresh and effective intellectual perspectives. It is committed to promoting intellectual diversity in public policy discourse and higher education.

Our History

The Rosenkranz Foundation was established by Robert Rosenkranz in 1985. Its focus is on public policy research, higher education, and the arts. In public policy, it has initiated the Intelligence Squared US series of debates in the United States, launching in September 2006, and has supported such think tanks as the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, and in London, Policy Exchange. In higher education, it has made several grants to Yale University, funding the creation of 20 new courses in scientific method and quantitative reasoning, endowing the Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence program there, and underwriting the renovation of Rosenkranz Court in Pierson College. It also provides support for The Federalist Society, including sponsoring its Annual Rosenkranz Debate, and other initiatives to promote intellectual diversity in legal education. In art, it has sponsored major acquisitions, traveling exhibitions and scholarly catalogues at institutions such as the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, donated a substantial collection of modern Chinese art to the Harvard University Art Museums and has helped fund the production of a series of books on the culture and civilization of China published by Yale University Press. The Rosenkranz Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.


Robert Rosenkranz is Chairman of Delphi Capital Management and the founder of a group of investment and private equity partnerships. From 1987 until 2018 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Delphi Financial Group, an insurance company with some $20 billion in assets. Delphi grew from one of his acquisitions and increased its value 100-fold under his leadership.

He is the Founder and Chairman of Intelligence Squared U.S., a public policy debate series that provides a forum for reasoned public discourse. He serves on the board of directors for the Manhattan Institute and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University in California; and of Policy Exchange, the center-right think tank in London. He is also a member of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council, the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Visiting Committees for the Departments of Photography and Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A graduate of Yale University (A.B. summa cum laude 1962) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1965), he was a tax lawyer with the New York law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and an economist with The RAND Corporation, where he was engaged in research on foreign policy issues and municipal finance. In 1969, he joined Oppenheimer & Company where he was a General Partner when he left to form Rosenkranz & Company, a private equity firm, in 1978.

Mr. Rosenkranz is a longstanding art collector, with prominent collections of Asian art, modern design and time-based media. He resides in New York and Aspen with his wife Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum. He has two adult children, Nicholas and Stephanie, both constitutional law scholars.

Alexandra Munroe

Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. A pioneering authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies, she has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative since its founding in 2006 while also working on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum Project and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. She convenes the museum’s biannual Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank, and heads The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. As Senior Advisor, Global Arts, she helps to guide the foundation’s intellectual and institutional agendas for expanding its purview to study, acquire, and exhibit art from beyond the Western world.

Before joining the Guggenheim in 2006, Munroe was Vice President of Arts and Culture, Japan Society, an American organization dedicated to cultural and policy exchange between Japan and the United States, and was director of its museum. She led the society’s expansion of contemporary arts programming through such exhibitions as Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subcultures (2005) curated by Takashi Murakami, and organized the society’s first inter-Asia exhibition, Transmitting the Forms of Divinity: Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan, which The New York Times selected as #1 Best Show of 2003.

Munroe is a trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School; Intelligence Squared US; LongHouse Reserve; PEN America; and the US-Japan Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former member of the Association of American Museum Directors (AAMD). She currently serves on the advisory boards of Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Jnanapravaha Mumbai; The Met Watson Library; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; The Watermill Center; and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. She lectures at museums around the world and has spoken at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia University and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, one of Japan’s National Institutes for the Humanities. In 2005, she co-founded Intelligence Squared US., a public policy debate forum carried on 230+ NPR radio stations and streamed by millions on various media outlets. Her philanthropic giving through the AKM Fund at New York Community Trust focuses on end-of-life and palliative care training at Yale and Harvard medical schools.

Munroe was born in the United States and raised in Mexico and Japan. She completed freshman and sophomore years at Brown University and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Language and Culture from Sophia University Tokyo in 1982. She earned a Masters degree in art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and in 2004, was awarded a Ph.D. in history from New York University, with a thesis on postwar Japanese art and politics completed under the supervision of Professor Harry Harootunian. Munroe is married to financier and philanthropist Robert Rosenkranz.

Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler

Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She writes frequently on constitutional law, national security law, counter terrorism law and judicial nominations. Her work has been featured in the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Examiner and on Fox News.

Ms. Hessler served as a constitutional lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She drafted and negotiated legislation and advised on a wide range of topics including terrorist surveillance, domestic wiretapping, Guantanamo detainees, habeas corpus, presidential signing statements, abortion, voting rights and eminent domain. She also served on the legal team that counseled on the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Before joining the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Hessler practiced international arbitration at a private law firm in New York City. After graduating from law school, Ms. Hessler clerked for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Hessler received her B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.

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